In the first of a two-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (21-23) and the Chicago White Sox (21-23) at Camden Yards, Tyler Wilson (1-0, 4.50 ERA) and Chris Sale (3-2, 4.21 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 28 and will air on WGN and MASN.
In his most recent outing, Wilson pitched 1.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out one in an 8-5 victory over the Marlins. Jimmy Paredes (.353, 21 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one stolen base. In his pitching opportunities against the Orioles, Sale is 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA. He meets a solid Baltimore offense that's batting .256. Jose Abreu (.284, 24 Rs, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the White Sox, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Baltimore is a +130 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Orioles perform poorly as an underdog with a 7-13 record and have an overall money line of -394. The Orioles have one of the most prolific home offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.9 runs per game. As for the pitching staff, the Orioles don't give up many walks to opposing batters at Camden Yards, ranking third in the AL with only 2.5 walks allowed per home game.
On the other side, the White Sox have a record of 11-10 when they are favored and are -652 overall with the money line. They also allow just 2.5 hits per road game, good for third in the AL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 7.8 strikeouts per game.
So far this season, the Orioles are 1-0 against the White Sox. This game will feature Sale (LHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have a 4-4 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Wilson will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 17-20 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Under
Baltimore has won 50% (9-9) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 53% (8-7) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The White Sox have a 4-10 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 3-19. The Orioles have a 4-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 28 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 51.
Baltimore and Chicago both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Baltimore sits at sixth with 8.51 hits per game and Chicago ranks ninth with 8.37.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.661). Baltimore ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .728.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 11-19. When the Orioles allow one or more homers, they have an 11-16 record.